The signage debate at Wrigley Field has cleared the first of several hurdles in this very long race. The Cubs got a unanimous green light from Landmark Commissioners to place signs of substantial proportions in right and left fields.
The Landmarks Commission, appointed by Mayor Emanuel himself, approved a 5700 square foot sign with LED lights in left field and a roughly 650 square foot sign in right field.
The new jumbo-tron will tower over the old scoreboard you see in the outfield now. It will be nearly three times its size.
The mayor released a statement saying in part, “I’m pleased the next step in the process is completed to ensure the Cubs can modernize Wrigley Field and that Wrigleyville has the investments and protections that the neighborhood needs.”
WGN is told The Cubs can expect a lawsuit to be filed against them for violating their agreement with rooftop owners. It’s an agreement due to expire in a decade or so.
The next hurdle will be with the planning commission, then the full city council will vote on the $500 million plan to improve Wrigley Field and the area around it.